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Posted in: Abe meets with U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton See in context

If Bolton is here, it isn't for Mr Trump's visit; rather, the war with Iran that Bolton is hoping to foment. Uncertainty and instability in the Persian Gulf is uncertainty and instability in one of Japan's lifeline.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

Before expressing any critical assessment of the expression, a reading of the poem from the Manyoshu would be warranted.

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Posted in: Coping with aging parents overseas: It's tough being in the 'sandwich generation' See in context

I'm very sympathetic with your situation, Louise.

I'm an unusual case: of mixed heritage (Kanto-jin mother, American father, now deceased), a single father for the past 20 years of two boys (親権があった), and a son who has been taking care of his mother, who is over 90, for roughly 5 years now.

There's nothing that anyone can say to you, Louise, that will assuage those deepest human angers and anguishes and anxieties that you might have experienced. Be that as it may, never forget that you are "living in the thick of Life" and - perhaps, save soldiers actually battling at a front - meditations on lessons you can learn from the situation are a soothing ointment - and if you are a so-called "ex-pat," these meditations can deepen your understanding of Japan. Certainly, for the past 10 years or so, I feel that the kinds of experiences we have - helpless recipients of calls to care for the other - are the raw data from which we craft a metaphysics of life. The paradox is a profound gratitude that is born from these enormous strains.

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